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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 2d ago

We love bath time. It’s the one activity that I know will change the mood with all my kids!

But sometimes you want to mix it up. If not for them, for you! For your next bath try this fun and easy idea. All three of my little one loved it!

Looking for other bath time ideas? Check out this fun idea using Easter eggs, or this idea using LEGO or this fun idea using squeeze pouch caps.

Here’s How to Set Up Vegetable Soup Bath

Set up your bath and toss in all your plastic toys, kitchen utensils and tools.

That’s it!

This was a hit with all of my kids from 15 months to 4.5 years.

Make Bath Time Fun Again

I know bath time can be a chore. Believe me I’ve been there but it is also a great time to reconnect with your little one before bedtime.

But remember you do not have to save bath time for “bath time“! I love using baths at any time of the day especially when I’ve had a hard day or everyone is bit antsy after being cooped up inside all day.

Water is a great way to change any child’s mood. Put an fussy or cranky kid in a bath and add a fun and unusual bath toy like play food and you’re sure to end up with a happy kid when you’re done!

Clean Up

Remove all your plastic play food and dry on a towel. If they have any holes in them shake or squeeze out all the water and leave them to dry on a towel.

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Create this easy fine motor toddler activity using recyclable items!

If you are living with a toddler or young children you probably have a more than a few wine corks hanging around (or at least I do!)

They make amazing tools especial for fine motor toddler activities. So I started saving them and after a few years I ended up with quite a collection.

If you aren’t into drinking your way to a collection of corks you can purchase them from your local dollar store, craft store or Amazon.

Looking for other easy DIY fine motor activities for toddlers check out this fun fine motor sensory bin or this fine motor activity using magnetic tiles or this activity using squeeze pouch caps or this super fun animal resuce activity.

Here is how to set up Wine Cork Push

Grab your yogurt container and kitchen scissors and cut small holes in the top large enough for a wine cork to fall through but not large enough for your little one push it through side ways.

Place all your wine corks into a large container and invite your toddler to push them through the holes.

I pushed a few through myself while my twins watched and they both immediately wanted to dive in and give it a try.

Fine Motor Toddler Activity Fun

Both my twins really enjoyed this. At first they got a bit frustrated when they tried to push the cork through and it didn’t go right away. I would wait until they either gave up in frustration or asked help and then I would help them usually by reorienting the cork in their hands so that it fit into the hole.

I kept this activity out for a few days. The benefit to leaving this type of activity out for a few days is that as their skill develops so will their confidence. Children love doing things that they understand and that they can actually do. If you find your little one gets frustrated with this activity, set it aside and let them revisit it later.

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  • Yoghurt containers
  • Kitchen scissors
WILL YOU TRY WINE CORK PUSH FINE MOTOR TODDLER ACTIVITY WITH YOUR TODDLER?
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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 5d ago

Create a beautiful multi-media watercolour art project with your little one using gems and watercolours. And the best part is that it’s something they can do one their own!!

Looking for other fun and easy watercolour art projects? Check out this fun washi tape and watercolour project for Easter, this delicious looking birthday cake craft, this cute summer snail craft, this fun mystery math activity and this amazing watercolour round up by the Artful Parent!

Here’s How to Create your own Gems and Watercolour Flowers Step 1: Glue the Gems

Grab your gems, watercolour paper and glue. I used regular school glue to attach the gems to the watercolour paper, because I wanted my 4 year old to do this activity on her own while I made dinner. After it had dried, 1 or 2 gems fell off but I easily reattached them with a glue gun. If you want to ensure that the gems to stay on, you can use a glue right off the bat.

Glue the gems all over the paper in random spots.

Step 2: Draw the Petals

Next, take your black sharpie and draw flower petals all around the gems. Use the gems as the center of the flowers.

Again this was something I wanted my daughter to do on her own so I showed her what to do and then I let her create her own flowers!

Step 3: Time to Paint!

Now it’s time to use the watercolours to bring the flowers to life! Use the watercolours to paint inside the black sharpflower petals. I let me daughter determine what colours and how she was going to paint the flowers.

Perfect After School or Quiet Time Activity

This made the perfect activity to do after school while I was busy in the kitchen. It required very little adult intervention or help and the results were stunning. She was quite proud of her creation!

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Create fun and engaging pre-writing activities for preschoolers to practice their hand writing skills using items you already have at home.

All these ideas a simple to set up and fun for your little learner. So fun that they won’t even realize they are practicing their hand writing.

And that is key.

If your preschooler is anything like mine they are eager to learn and absolutely love it when they can do something grown up. But they also are easily frustrated. It’s hard being 3 & 4 years old when your body, skills and desires don’t always line up.

Check out these fun and easy to set up pre-writing activities to help your preschooler practice their writing skills!

50 Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers Sensory Activities

Baby Food Writing Tray by Happy Toddler Playtime

Dirt Play Dough + Rocks Writing Tray by Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Rainbow Writing Salt Tray by NurturStore

Paint Writing Tray by Happy Toddler Playtime

Pre-writing Activities with Squishy Bag by Learning 4 Kids

Playdough Learning: Prewriting for Toddlers by Kids Activities Blog

Shaving Cream Sight Word Game by Happy Toddler Playtime

Writing Practice Using Shaving Cream by Gift of Curiosity

Shaving Cream Pre-Writing: Connect the Dots by School Time Snippets

Glitter Writing Tray by Happy Toddler Playtime

Toddler Zen Tray by Busy Toddler

Slime Writing Tray by The OT Toolbox

Coloured Salt Writing Tray for Reluctant Writers by Powerful Mothering

Play Dough Writing Tray by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Christmas Tree Writing Tray by Happy Toddler Playtime

Calming Lavendar Pre-writing Tray by And Next Comes L

Shaving Cream “Magna Doodle” Activity by Happy Hooligans

Arts Activities

Glitter Glue Pre-Writing Line Practice for Preschoolers by Growing Hands on Kids

Racetrack Alphabet by Happy Toddler Playtime

Prewriting Activity: Cotton Swab Painting by Lessons Learnt Journal

Zig Zag Painting by Still Playing School

Painting Letter with Water by Happy Hooligans

Glue Tracing Pre-writing Activity by No Time for Flashcards

Fine Motor & Pre-Writing Activities

Squeeze Bottle Salt Writing by Playdough to Plato

Sticker Lineup by Busy Toddler

Prewriting: A Simple Preschool Game by Days with Grey

Popsicle Letters by Happy Toddler Playtime

Tracing Letters with Water by This Little Home of Mine

Tape Letters by And Next Comes L

Fingerprint Letters by Happy Toddler Playtime

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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 2w ago

Entertain your toddler at home using simple items you already have in your kitchen!

Does your toddler already raid your kitchen cupboards and turn your everyday cooking tools into fun toys? Well, then this set of simple toddler activities to do at home will be perfect for them.

Grab your salad spinner and a few items you already have for a bunch of fun and easy activities to keep your little one busy at home!

Looking for more easy toddler activities check this fun roundup of sensory bins!

Here’s How to Set Up Your Salad Spinner Toddler Activities at Home

The best type of salad spinner for toddlers to do these types of activities are the ones that require you to push down or pump. If the salad spinner you have is the one where you have to turn it around or crank it, not to worry, your toddler will still get a kick out of all these activities but you may have to help them out a little bit more by cranking the salad spinner for them.

10 Simple Salad Spinner Toddlers Activities

1. Add squeeze food pouch caps in different colours to the salad spinner and let your toddler watch them spin around.

2. Add lego or Mega Blocks to your salad spinner.

3. Add silk scarves and let them spin them and pull them out. You can also string the scarves through the slots of the basket inside.

4. Create a fine motor activity by adding pipe cleaners through the slots of the basket.

5. Add paint to create a fun process art project.

6. Add water and let your toddler watch it splash around the basket as it spins around. Do not add too much water as it will spill up the sides as the basket spins faster and faster.

7. Pour a small amount of dish soap into the water to create bubbles! This was by far the best one of all the activities. My twins loved playing with the bubbles. If your toddler is still putting things into his or her mouth, keep a close eye on them!

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Trying to teach your kindergartner their sight words at home? Well, set the worksheets aside once and a while and use fun sight word games like this Ocean Sensory Search!

I love creating a fun and detailed sensory bins for my kindergartner that also have a defined learning component. She gets to play and learn at the same time!

Here is a fun sight word activity for kindergartners that combines learning sight words with a cool ocean sensory bin.

Looking for other fun ocean activities? Check out this fun ocean in a bottle sensory craft!

Looking for more fun and easy sight word games to do at home or in the classroom? Check out this activity using dot stickers, this activity using shaving cream, and this fun sight words activity from The Teaching Texan.

Here’s How to Set Up Your Ocean Sight Word Game

Grab your large sensory bin and add blue marbles, blue gems, fish and other under the sea creatures and toys.

On the inside of the sea shells, use a black sharpie to write out the sight words you want your little one to practice reading and spelling.

On blue pebbles, write out the individual letters needed to spell each of the sight words you wrote on the sea shells.

Toss everything into the sensory bin and add water. You can also add a drop of blue food colouring to the water but it is not required. I would do this if you do not have blue marbles or blue pebbles and you are using stones instead.

Find and Spell Sight Words

Have your little one find a sea shell and read out the word. Then have them spell the word using the blue pebbles!

Sight Word and Sensory Fun

This was a total hit with my 4.5 year old. She played while she practiced her sight words and did not even realize she was learning!

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Looking for a fun counting activity for your preschooler or kindergartner? Check out this unique counting activity using a cardboard box!

For more math activities for preschoolers or kindergartners check out these other fun activities: Rubber Duck Math Race or 21 Fast Easy Math Activities.

Here’s How To Set The 100 Counting Box

Gather all your supplies. On your cardboard box write out the numbers you want your little one to work on.

This activity can be modified for toddlers and preschoolers learning to count to 10 or 20 and for kindergartners learning to count to 100.

Write the numbers in large print and circle them so that your little one can see and distinguish them from other numbers.

My kindergartner is working on counting to 100 so I wrote out 0 to 100 skip counting by 10s.

Next, I had my 4.5 year old count and connect the numbers from 0 to 100 using a paint stick.

You can also use a marker or crayon or a paint brush and paint!

Amazing Counting Activity

This was a great active counting activity for my kindergartner. It is also a great way to get kids who don’t like to sit down to practice counting.

Use a large box for those kids so that they have to walk around the box, to try and find the numbers.

You can place a few heavy books inside the box so that it does not move.

If you are looking for other fun cardboard box activities check out this fun painting with water activity I did over at Toddler Approved!

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When I can combine one of my kids’ favorite toys with a fun learning sensory bin activity, that is always a win my house! Colour Mixing Tea Party Sensory Bin was just that activity!!

There are many great ways to play with your child’s tea party set, you can use rice, pom poms or herbals teas. This activity allows your little one to actually pretend to make different teas by mixing colours!

Here’s How To Set Up Colour Mixing Tea Party Sensory Bin

Set up your sensory bin. Place your child’s tea set into a sensory bin. Add coloured water, red, yellow and blue. This will allow your little one the opportunity to mix colours to make all the other colours of the rainbow.

Then let them loose to play, pretend, imagine and learn!

Play Tip

This activity can get messy and since they are using coloured water I made sure that my daughter wore her smock to help protect her clothing.

Look Mom I Made Green!

The best part of the activity was when my daughter announced that she had made green tea! She was so excited that something she knew abstractly (that mixing yellow and blue together make green) – would actually make green!

Total Hit

She enjoyed this activity immensely and asked to play with it again after dinner! By the time she was done the water was a dark murky green but it was no less fun!

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Looking for a fun counting activity for your preschooler or kindergartner? Check out this unique counting activity using a cardboard box!

For more math activities for preschoolers or kindergartners check out these other fun activities: Rubber Duck Math Race or 21 Fast Easy Math Activities.

Here’s How To Set The 100 Counting Box

Gather all your supplies. On your cardboard box write out the numbers you want your little one to work on.

This activity can be modified for toddlers and preschoolers learning to count to 10 or 20 and for kindergartners learning to count to 100.

Write the numbers in large print and circle them so that your little one can see and distinguish them from other numbers.

My kindergartner is working on counting to 100 so I wrote out 0 to 100 skip counting by 10s.

Next, I had my 4.5 year old count and connect the numbers from 0 to 100 using a paint stick.

You can also use a marker or crayon or a paint brush and paint!

Amazing Counting Activity

This was a great active counting activity for my kindergartner. It is also a great way to get kids who don’t like to sit down to practice counting.

Use a large box for those kids so that they have to walk around the box, to try and find the numbers.

You can place a few heavy books inside the box so that it does not move.

If you are looking for other fun cardboard box activities check out this fun painting with water activity I did over at Toddler Approved!

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(This post and list contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase using one of these links, I may earn a commission. Please visit my disclosure policy for more information.)

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HAPPY TODDLER PLAYTIME by Happytoddlerplaytime - 1M ago

Colour sensory bins for toddlers are a fabulous way to introduce and teach colours.

They are fun for them and easy to put together for you. Here is a great idea to help introduce your toddler to the colour yellow using a toy they probably see everyday – their rubber duck!

Here’s How To Set Up Yellow Rubber Ducky Sensory Bin

Fill two large sensory bins with water and add yellow food colouring. I added lots of yellow food colouring in order to make the yellow as vibrant as possible.

Then I added all the yellow rubber ducks I could find! It was glorious!

I also add large spoons, slotted spoons and a soup ladle.

I laid out a waterproof picnic blanket underneath the sensory bins to catch the water. You can use a plastic table cloth or a shower curtain or, if weather permits, just do this fun activity outside.

I also took off all my toddlers clothes and let them play in diapers. Due to the coloured water and the likelihood that it will stain clothing, dress your child in pajamas or in a smock.

Then I invited my twin toddlers to scoop up and transfer the yellow ducks from one sensory bin to another. How The Played

At 15 months, they are still just learning how to manipulate utensils but they love trying! They attempted to catch and transfer the ducks from one bin to the other with the spoons but mostly just used their hands.

The rubber ducks that I have squeak when you squeeze them so my toddlers absolutely loved doing that which was a great fine motor workout for them!

Talking About Colours with Your Toddler

Teaching your toddler colours can be frustrating. But I find a combination of play and learning to be very helpful.

I also believe that learning colours should be something they do all day long and not just in an activity. Use everyday activities to introduce and familiarize your little one with colors.

Point out colours while getting dressed or walking in the park. When describing food, add a colour description.

And when playing with colour sensory bins like this yellow rubber duck bin be sure to describe the colour of everything as they play!

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